MK: Set up investigative body for Holocaust survivors

Amnon Meranda
Latest Update: 10.09.07, 21:02 / Israel News

Knesset Member Zevulun Orlev (National Union-NRP), head of the Knesset’s State Control Committee, said Tuesday that he may attempt to set up a national commission of inquiry to investigate the problems associated with the Holocaust survivors’ benefits.

Orlev threatened to sponsor a bill to create the commission if Holocaust survivors have still not received their full benefits in two weeks. According to the bill, the committee must immediately set up the commission based on the special report on Holocaust survivors, authored by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss.

Majority approval within the Knesset committee will be required to pass the bill.

Seven out of the 15 members of the committee are members of the opposition and the remaining eight represent parties in the coalition. However, in wake of increasing lack of cohesion within the coalition, there is a chance Orlev’s bill may get enough votes to pass.